Colour theory is based on a lot of things. Most notably the work of two twentieth century artist/theorists and their books. I’ve had copies of both Joseph Albers – The Interaction of Color and Johannes Itten -The Art of Color on our shelves for a long a time. Note: I know how to spell colour, but I guess these are both American publications.
I also love painting, in specific the work of the 50′s and 60′s abstract expressionists that might be considered colourfield artists including; Mark Rothko, Gene Davis, Barnett Newman, Jack Bush, Guido Molinari, Frank Stella, Kenneth Noland, Robert Motherwell, and Clyfford Still. I’m particular as well to the contemporary painters that could be linked –albeit maybe just aesthetically–to that earlier movement like; Elizabeth McIntosh, Yves Gaucher, Claude Tousignant, and others.
A large part of Colour Theory is about Photoshop and photographic manipulation. These images are all taken “in camera”. I built small colour panels, and I support these on wooden stick in the air in front of the camera and shoot.
There’s a bit of Photoshop work done after the fact to remove the panel supports but I could have created these images within Photoshop with no camera work at all. In this way the work links back to aspects of my durational performance pieces in that I’m consciously finding a more difficult and labour intensive way to create something that could be easily mistaken for simple graphic manipulation.
It’s also about the desire to paint with the camera. I think this is a logical place for my work to move given the nature of the my traditional photographic practice of the last ten years. In a way this work is a transition from me “taking photographs” to me “making photographs” as Lise from Gallery 44 suggested.
Colour Theory is not going to be the title of this body of work. I’ve toyed with the idea of “Alterations” but that seems a bit too wanky. I’ll continue this post when I have more energy.
I’ll keep working this series, and see what happens. I just got a call from TIW and my circular colour panels are ready. Let’s see what happens with those. I’m also toying with the idea of three dimensional geometric shapes. The first of these will probably be an open ended square cube. I figure I can build it out of foam core. This weekend I’m buying a box of foam core.
I still haven’t managed to pick up the colour circular panels, but I did figure out a way to remove the stick in-camera. No more photoshop removal. I’ve also figured out I can do a lot of cool work on a table top without sticks with multiple panels on black and white foamcore backgrounds. Exciting. The following two images were all done in-camera, there’s no stick removal.